Benzel, 40, will handle de Sousa's book while the 34-year-old Brazilian hopes to put down roots in the U.S. this October. De Sousa is atop the standings to collect his first title as Great Britain's champion rider.
Trainer Seth Benzel said he is "really happy" with the progress of Zayat Stables' stakes-winning sprinter Zee Bros has shown during the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Maritimer, winner of the 2011 Coronation Futurity and champion Canadian 2-year-old, makes his first start since March 31 in Dubai in the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 10.
Live Oak Plantation's Dynaslew is an outsider in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), but is a front-running danger while rounding into best form after a rough start to the year.
Souper Spectacular, a 3-year-old half-brother to undefeated Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Zenyatta, broke his maiden in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 4, a mile turf maiden special weight.
Live Oak Plantation's Dynaslew sat off of pacesetter Silver Reunion for a mile, pulled even in mid-stretch, and inched clear for a half-length victory in the $200,000 Ballston Spa Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 28 at Saratoga.
Baletti took the Fort Marcy (gr. IIIT) and Dynaslew set all of the fractions to score in the Beaugay (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares in front of a crowd of 9,405 on Kentucky Derby day at Belmont Park May 1.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt brought the sale-topping price of $275,000 as the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling auction ended its two-night run Aug. 16 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y, well behind last year's record-setting pace. Trainer Seth Benzel, agent for Whitehall Stable, purchased the bay yearling. James Pippo is the president of Whitehall, which puts together racing partnerships.
A head bob determined the winner of the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr.II) at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 when Mini Sermon prevailed by a nose over pacesetter Lady Marlboro in the one-mile race for fillies and mares.
Melnyk Racing Stable's Indian Vale, who endured several false starts to begin her 5-year-old year, finally got back to the races Saturday afternoon and delivered a 5 1/2-length victory in the $104,800 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the Aqueduct inner track.
Foiled twice before, Melnyk Racing Stables' Indian Vale looks like she will finally make her comeback in Saturday's $100,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct.
If trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't manage to win a spring 3-year-old Classic this year, it won't be for lack of trying. On the day he saddled Circular Quay for a convincing victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), he was also taking the $200,000 Gotham (gr. III) with Cowtown Cat at Aqueduct Saturday.
Speedsters Attila's Storm and Bishop Court Hill could determine the outcome in the opening quarter mile of Saturday's $65,000 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct.
Even on a bad day, trainer Todd Pletcher broke a record. Shut out with 17 runners in the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, Pletcher set the single-season mark for graded stakes wins when Safari Queen captured the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the turf Saturday at Aqueduct.
Runnin Cardinal Stable and C.E. Glasscock's Somethinaboutbetty took the lead early under jockey Mike Luzzi and was kept to her task to the wire as she galloped to victory in the $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship for registered state-bred 2-year-olds at Laurel Park Monday.
- By Mike Kane
A portion of the side of a barn at Saratoga Race Course had to be cut away Monday afternoon to free a filly who was trapped for about 45 minutes in her stall by tree branches that fell during a severe thunderstorm.
Wertheimer Farm's Indy Dancer, who is scheduled to face off with current Kentucky Derby favorite Empire Maker in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's main track in :59 2/5 handily.
Smok'n Frolic and John Velazquez went to the lead from the starting gate and never looked back to win the $108,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Sunday.
Evening Attire and Ground Storm, the one-two finishers in the Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III), face off again Saturday in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
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